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Monday, 2 January 2012

WRITERS ON WRITING #6: James Jones


Writing short stories has a totally different feel from writing novelsThere isn’t that long haul ahead of you staring you in the face: this year, next year, the year after.  By the same token the anguish of creative decision is much sharper writing stories.  The particular point at which you must decide on the structure to point the ending you have finally discovered, comes much quickerWriting stories is like having a series of high-fever ailments in which the crisis comes soon and either passes or it doesn’t.  Writing a novel is like having TB or some such long term chronic ailment with a low grade fever that it takes a long time to cure.  Take your choice.  It’s six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Introduction to The Ice-Cream Headache and Other Stories (1968)

 

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